The organizers of the Plastindia 2022 trade show have postponed the event, slated for February, citing unfinished construction at its venue in New Delhi and COVID-19 travel restrictions faced by international attendees.
The managing committee of the Plastindia Foundation, which runs the event, said in an Oct. 16 letter to exhibitors that the dates of the rescheduled show would be announced later.
The letter said the committee voted unanimously to postpone the show "keeping in mind the unfinished construction work of some of the new halls at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, together with the travel restrictions faced by international participants due to COVID-19 global pandemic."
"The same sentiment has been echoed by our major exhibitors, our channel partners and both national and international associates of Plastindia exhibition," the letter said.
Neither the websites for the show nor the foundation had any information that the fair had been postponed as of Oct. 17, but K.K. Seksaria, a member of the managing committee and past president of the foundation, confirmed the decision and letter in a brief text message.
He said the decision to postpone was made on the evening of Oct. 16 and the websites may not have been updated yet.
The event, which is India's largest plastics fair and draws significant international participation, had been planned for Feb. 17-22 of next year.
It had been originally slated for February 2021 on its once every three-year cycle but was postponed for a year because of the pandemic
The last edition of the show, in 2018, attracted 1,800 exhibiting companies from 44 countries. The 2021 edition would have marked the return of the show to New Delhi, after it was relocated to Gujarat for the 2015 and 2018 editions.